Female researchers awarded

Three researchers from The George Institute among list of winners of new funding award

Congratulations to Xia Wang, Sonali Gnanenthiran and Julieann Coombes from The George Institute for making it to onto the list of 36 female researchers awarded Federal funding to advance women in early and mid-career stages of their research careers.

The Australian Health Research Alliance (AHRA) Women’s Health Research, Translation and Impact Network (WHRTN) has provided up to $15,000 to all winners of AHRA WHRTN Early and Mid-Career Researcher (EMCR) Funded Awards. The Network is funded by the Morrison Government, Greg Hunt MP and the Medical Research Future Fund.

Dr Xia Wang is a Doctoral Research Fellow at The George Institute for Global Health specialising in the analysis of large-scale randomised controlled trials and epidemiological studies.

“This funded project will provide sex-disaggregated information on clinical differences at stroke presentation, secondary prevention treatment packages given relative to existing Australian recommended standards, and serious adverse outcomes after hospital discharge. Using the derived understanding of sex differences in stroke in Australian women and men will be possible to identify appropriate sex-specific changes to treatment,” said Dr Wang.

Dr Sonali Gnanenthiran is a Research Fellow at The Institute. She is a practicing cardiologist with research interests in cardiovascular clinical trials and platelet science.

''I’m honoured to have been chosen for this award. This will not only support my professional development but will kick-start a project investigating a novel treatment to hopefully reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes in older populations,'' she said.

Dr Julieann Coombes is a Research Fellow for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Program at The Institute, currently looking at a project to provide safe pathways for families of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children with burn injuries.

“Through the support of the award I will work alongside and be guided by the support of The George Institute’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Program and Research Committee for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, in continuing to conduct culturally appropriate and responsive research. Importantly, this award will allow me to partner with Aboriginal community members improving the health and well-being of mothers whose children have sustained a burn injury and have been admitted to hospital,” said Dr Coombes.

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